Category Archives: Large solar

North Frontenac proposes municipal support as mandatory for future LRP awards

[Press Release — Township of North Frontenac — March 24, 2016 ]

Renewable Energy

The Council of the Township of North Frontenac passed a resolution on March 18 2016 that will request that the Independent Electricity Systems Operators (IESO) rate an unwilling municipality for renewable energy to be a mandatory requirement versus a rated criteria in future requests for proposals (RFP) for the Large Renewable Procurement  (LRP) program.

Currently RFP has the Proponents bid submission as a points system rated criteria for municipality support. North Frontenac is proposing that this RFP requirement needs to be a mandatory requirement. Four of the six contracts announced on March 10, 2016 did not have municipal support for the renewable energy project. Although the Minister of Energy indicated on March 7 that it would be ‘almost impossible’ for a contract to be granted under the current process without municipal agreement it has happened.

Mayor Ron Higgins stated that he wants all Ontario Municipalities, who object to Industrial Wind Turbines and/or Solar Farms, to support this resolution and to provide additional input to the IESO on their thoughts for improving the LRP RFP procurement process for future projects.

Mayor Higgins knows this is but one step but this one needs to be done before the end of April as per IESO deadlines. He states that his focus on now on the government policies and directives related to renewable energy in rural municipalities.

To view the resolution please go to the following link: http://www.northfrontenac.com/news/IESOletter.pdf

For more information please do not hesitate to contact:
Cheryl Robson, AMCT, Chief Administrative Officer (CAO)
6648 Road 506, Plevna, ON K0H 2M0
(613) 479-2231 or 1 (800) 234-3953 Ext 221 [email protected]

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Professional Engineers predict higher costs AND higher CO2 emissions by expanding wind and solar generation

[Replacement of an earlier post to correct the headline]

The Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE) recently published a PowerPoint presentation titled Ontario’s Electricity Dilemma: Achieving low emissions at reasonable electricity rates.

This report is an excellent overview of the electricity situation in Ontario, which outlines the government’s original goals for system transformation, problems that have been encountered and possible mitigation measures for both increases in electricity rates and CO2 emissions.

The most disturbing aspect of this report is the revelation by the OSPE that the combination of wind, solar and backup natural gas results in CO2 emissions per KWH that are FIVE TIMES that of the current electricity system, which is primarily nuclear and hydro.  The report states, “Therefore, adding wind and solar to Ontario’s grid drives CO2 emissions higher.”

Using data obtained from the Ontario government’s Long Term Energy Plan, the OSPE estimates that “From 2016 to 2032, as Ontario phases out nuclear capacity to make room for wind and solar, CO2 emissions will double.”

Looking forward from now, we can expect continued huge increases in price AND a doubling of CO2 emissions.

You can view the PowerPoint presentation HERE .

Sophiasburgh: Saturated in Solar

Across Prince Edward County there are now five large scale solar projects. Three of these, Belleville North on Burr Rd., Belleville South on Hwy 62 and Belleville TS Demorestville on Black Rd., are within a 5 km radius skirting Highway 62 east and west.

Skypower is now seeking contracts from the IESO (Independent Electrical Systems Operator) for six additional large scale solar projects. Two of these six projects are slated for Sophiasburg within the already saturated 5 km radius.

The map below shows the three established sites (the three orange areas) as well as the two Skypower proposed sites (outlined in black).

map

Kevin Gale, a PEC Councillor, noted the following in an article looking at the density of solar projects across the county:

“It is clear that density is becoming an issue in the north end of Prince Edward County. I don’t know what the criteria is or what it should be but I know that if you went up in a hot air balloon or an airplane right now… you’d find the majority of the solar projects are in one targeted area in Sophiasburgh and Ameliasburgh.” (Ibbotson, C, “Council looks to staff to report on density of solar projects across county”, Picton Gazette, March 13, 2013)

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